Amidst the recent drama surrounding the royal family, Meghan Markle was spotted hiking in California over the weekend. The Duchess of Sussex, 41, opted to skip out on King Charles III’s coronation festivities in the UK. Reports state that Markle wanted to stay in California to celebrate Archie’s 4th birthday.
Markle Goes Hiking with Friends
On Sunday morning, Markle went on a 40-minute hike from her and Prince Harry’s $15 million dollar home, accompanied by friends Markus Anderson and Heather Dorak. Harry and their two children – Archie, 4, and Lilibet, 1 – did not join Markle for the outdoor adventure.
Markle’s Casual Hiking Look
For the outing, Markle kept it casual in a navy blue loose-fitted top, brown hiking shoes, and activewear bottoms, with a forest green jacket tied around her waist. She completed her look with large-frame sunglasses, a scarf, and a Panama hat, seemingly trying to stay incognito.
Royal biographer Omid Scobie claimed earlier this month that Markle wasn’t going to the UK in an attempt to “protect her peace.” He stated that she is aware of how much attention she attracts and that it’s portrayed as intentional. In contrast, should she come over and just stand next to her husband, the commentary and the narrative of the day would have been very different.
Prince Harry quickly flew back to California from London over the weekend to make it home in time to celebrate Archie’s 4th birthday. The Palace released a statement in April confirming that Markle would not be attending the coronation festivities. The statement read that “The Duke of Sussex will attend the Coronation service at Westminster Abbey on May 6th. The Duchess of Sussex will remain in California with Prince Archie and Princess Lilibet.”